- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A veteran corrections officer with the Williams County Sheriff’s Department is accused of child sex crimes and has been fired.

Sgt. Steven Brooks, 49, faces two felony charges for allegedly downloading child pornography and surreptitiously video recording an underage girl. Court documents show that officers searched his home in late May, seizing a variety of electronic equipment including a computer and a pen camera.

Court documents don’t list an attorney for Brooks, and he didn’t immediately respond to a telephone message The Associated Press left for him Thursday at the Ward County Jail in Minot, where he’s being held on $250,000 bond.

Brooks is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday and could enter pleas at that time. A jury trial has tentatively been scheduled to begin Aug. 31. He could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted on the two charges: possessing child pornography and promoting an obscene performance by a minor.

Sheriff Scott Busching told the Williston Herald (http://bit.ly/1G8Ecs4 ) that Brooks “did a good job” during his nine years with the department but was fired following his arrest on May 29.

Court documents show that the three Northwest Judicial District judges in Williston - David Nelson, Paul Jacobson and Joshua Rustad - all disqualified themselves from overseeing the case. The state Supreme Court assigned Dickinson-based Southwest District Judge Dann Greenwood to the case.

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Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com

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